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Dec 6, 2013 2:35am EST
, dancing and waving flags in the streets of south africa. president obama mandela no locker belongs to us but the ages. his body has been removed but mourners are gathering outside to honor his memory. >> condolences are pouring in from people touched by the man who influenced nations. >> abc's karen travers has more about this icon's life and death. good morning, karen. >> reporter: good morning. nelson mandela's health had been declining for some time but still south africans held on to hope. they and so many around the world are remembering his courage and strength. how he healed the nation and changed history. >> outside of the home where nelson mandela died, they sang in memory and in mourning. >> great fighter, strong man. >> reporter: south africa's president delivered the long-dreaded news. >> our nation has lost its greatest son. our people have lost their father. >> reporter: president obama praised the man he called a personal inspiration. >> we have lost one of the most influential, courageous, and profoundly good human beings that any of us will share time with on this ear
ABC
Dec 9, 2013 3:00am PST
south africa for nelson mandela's memorial service tomorrow. president obama is expected to be among the 50 heads of state attending the event. prince charles will attend on behalf of queen elizabeth. yesterday was a day of prayer with the former leader remembered at churches across the country. officials say tomorrow's service will be full of prayer and celebration. >> the nation and the fans of south africa and madiba come together to pray for him. >> a family friend who visited mandela at his bedside who visited mandela at his bedside said he was not on life support during his final moments and he was surrounded by his family. stay with abc news as the world pays tribute to nelson mandela and later this half-hour, we will have remembrances from his grandchildren who cannot forget the most difficult days. >>> fans and friends of paul walker turned out for a public memorial in southern california. many brought flowers and many drove high-performance cars that walker loved so much. walker an a friend died last weekend in a fiery crash of a powerful porsche. the incident is still bein
ABC
Dec 10, 2013 1:40am PST
, ban ki-moon, taking the podium. only one meeting. president obama in south africa months ago as nelson mandela was ailing at home chose ton visit at that time. did go to robben island on that visit. brought his daughters to robben island, as well. kind of a pilgrimage for nelson mandela. ban ki-moon speaking on behalf of the united nations. of course the american presidents in the crowd, president obama, president bush, president carter among the more than 90 world leaders who have gathered in south africa this morning to celebrate the life of nelson mandela, part of a week-long remembrance and celebration of nelson mandela. spent so many years in prison, sacrificed so much for his country, and came out to be the first elected black president of his country and world leader to so many of his countrymen and so many around the world. >> it is that symbol of gratitude that i am here today. i hope -- [ indiscernible ] >> the song of celebration, a rainbow in our heart. >>graca machel, to winnie mandela, the family -- [ cheers ] and the mandela family, the people of south africa. lad
ABC
Dec 6, 2013 1:40am PST
in south africa and beyond. john and diana? >> karen, mandela clear hero to president obama. will he be traveling to south africa for the memorial? >> no trip has been announced yet by the white house but it seems likely the president and possibly first lady would go over for the services when they happen over the next week or two. the president was so candid yesterday speaking about the influence that nelson mandela had in his life. he said he could not imagine living his life without the example that nelson mandela set. >> tell us more about president obama's last trip to south africa and when he first met mandela as a senator. >> reporter: president obama was in south africa in june. nelson mandela was very sick at that point. the white house said out of respect for him and his family they were not going to have the obamas go and meet him. instead, he took his wife and daughters to nelson mandela's cell on robben island. he said it was a privilege and honor to be there. the first and only time they met is right after president obama was elected senator in 2005. it was at a hote
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